Into the mind of a Yogi: Conversation with an Indian monk
The first monk to visit the shores of America, with the knowledge of yoga and Vedanta, was described by the New York Critic in 1893 as an “an interesting figure, [whose] fine, intelligent … face in its setting of yellows, and … deep, musical voice prepossess[ed] one at once in his favor.”
This large-eyed, young monk in saffron robes was Swami Vivekananda.
Monks tend to appear as solitary figures who thrive in silence, breathe slower, and view the rest of us with a blasé demeanor.
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